By Philip Palmer Marco Polo's famous and controversial book was written in a prison in Genoa at the end of the 13th century.
It became one of the most popular in Europe, despite the common view that it was full of extravagant invention.
Perhaps this account of Marco's relationship with the sceptical cellmate who wrote it all down involves a little invention too? Marco Polo....Conleth Hill Rustichello....Paul Rhys Directed by Toby Swift.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20040218 (Radio 4)